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California State Court of Appeals Won?t Remove Advisory Measure on Campaign Finance from California November 2014 Ballot (July 31, 2014, 06:30 PM)

On July 31, the State Court of Appeals in Sacramento voted 2-1 not to hear Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association v Bowen. The issue was whether Proposition 49 should be removed from the November ballot. Proposition 49 asks voters if they want Congress and the State legislature to help pass a constitutional amendment, overturning the U.S.

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Connecticut State Court Will Adjudicate Independent Party Faction Fight (July 31, 2014, 02:55 PM)

On August 4, a Connecticut trial court in Danbury will hear arguments in a lawsuit to determine who the legitimate state officers of the Independent Party are. See this story. The reference to the court date is at the very end of the article. The Independent Party is ballot-qualified in Connecticut for all the statewide

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U.S. District Court Grants Injunctive Relief Against Pennsylvania?s Ban on Out-of-State Circulators (July 31, 2014, 12:20 PM)

On July 31, U.S. District Court Judge Stewart Dalzell granted injunctive relief against Pennsylvania’s ban on out-of-state circulators. Green Party of Pennsylvania v Aichele, eastern district, 2:14cv-3299. The judge ruled from the bench after a hearing that lasted somewhat more than two hours. The judge declined at this time to enjoin the regulations that say

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Independent Congressional Candidate Files Lawsuit Against California?s Ban on Write-in Voting in General Election (July 31, 2014, 11:52 AM)

On July 30, Theo Milonopoulos filed a federal lawsuit against California’s ban on write-in votes in the general election for Congress and partisan state office. The case is filed in the Central District and doesn’t yet have a case number. Milonopoulos filed as a declared write-in for U.S. House, 33rd district, for the June 2014

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Massachusetts Green Party Completes Statewide Petition (July 31, 2014, 11:28 AM)

The Massachusetts petition deadline for independent candidates, and the nominees of unqualified parties, for U.S. House and statewide office was July 29. The only unqualified parties that submitted petitions in Massachusetts for statewide office this year are the United Independent Party (which is running for Governor and Lieutenant Governor) and the Green Party (which is

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Ballot Access News July 1, 2014 Print Edition (July 31, 2014, 10:50 AM)

Ballot Access News July 1, 2014 – Volume 30, Number 2 This issue was printed on lavender paper. Table of Contents RHODE ISLAND REPEALS STRAIGHT-TICKET DEVICE CALIFORNIA BALLOT ACCESS BILL ADVANCES ACLU TAKES GEORGIA ACCESS LAWSUIT PENNSYLVANIA SUED OVER PETITIONER RESIDENCY HIGH COURT DECISION HELPS WITH STANDING D.C. ORDERED TO LET VOTERS ELECT ATTORNEY GENERAL

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U.S. Supreme Court Asks for Response in Case Challenging Florida Ban on Judicial Candidates Asking for Campaign Funds (July 30, 2014, 10:04 PM)

The Florida Bar Association prohibits candidates in judicial elections from asking anyone to make a campaign contribution. In 2009, Lanell Williams-Yulee sent a mass e-mail, asking for campaign contributions, to thousands of voters in her district. The Bar fined her $1,800 and reprimanded her, and the Florida Supreme Court upheld the Bar’s actions. She appealed

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New Mexico Secretary of State Won?t Defend Closed Primary in Court, so Attorney General Asks to Intervene (July 30, 2014, 09:56 PM)

On July 30, New Mexico Attorney General Gary King asked the Bernalillo District Court that is hearing Crum v Duran to let him intervene in the case. The lawsuit, filed by some independent voters, says that the New Mexico Constitution requires that independent voters be allowed to vote in partisan primaries. The Secretary of State,

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Anonymous Group Publishes Names and Address of Texas Petition Signers on Internet (July 30, 2014, 09:44 PM)

An anonymous group has posted the names and addresses of all Houston, Texas residents who signed a referendum petition. The referendum would repeal an anti-discrimination city ordinance that is intended to protect anyone from being fired for sexual orientation. The group that posted the signatures says it believes in public disclosure. However, as this article

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New Jersey Independent Congressional Candidate Not Allowed to Pursue Ballot Access Lawsuit Without Paying $3,500 for Transcript (July 30, 2014, 12:54 PM)

Ed Forchion, an independent candidate for U.S. House in New Jersey’s 3rd district, was ruled off the ballot after his petition was challenged. He needed 100 valid signatures. He submitted 200. But his petition was challenged, and election administrators determined that he had only 99 valid signatures. He appealed to Superior Court in June, but

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